Diversion into Refraction [Lab Springboard]
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This is part of the classroom curriculum I developed for use with my high school physics students.
Students will be working with something while completing this assignment. In this case, a ray box and prism. The "lab" portion is very brief in this activity.
The instructor guides students through this activity via classroom discussion. The activity is a springboard for that discussion. This is not intended as a homework or independent activity.
DIVERSION INTO REFRACTION
We know sound travels faster in solids than it does in air by the time we get to this activity. So what about how light travels through transparent materials? We look at the car-on-carpet model for refraction. Shining a light ray through a ray box prism then reveals the answer. Clips from Physics: Cinema Classics are used.
Student document (print-friendly Google Docs file on Google Drive)
Instructional presentation (link embedded in answer key)